• What you need to know about the Thunder leading up to the trade deadline

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:00 PM

    By Thursday, the Oklahoma City Thunder will have had discussions with all 29 NBA teams. It’s customary in the days leading up to the NBA trade deadline.

  • NBA commissioner sends condolences to Monty Williams

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 06:49 PM

    TORONTO -- On Saturday night, NBA commissioner Adam Silver held his traditional All-Star break press conference. But before opening it up for questions, Silver first sent out his condolences to Thunder assistant Monty Williams and his family. Williams' wife Ingrid died on Wednesday after injuries suffered in a car accident in Oklahoma City on Tuesday night. Here is Silver's statement: "Unfortunately I have to begin on a somber note tonight. And that's to express our condolences to Monty Williams, assistant coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder, and his five children for the loss of his wife and their mother in a tragic car accident earlier this week. Ingrid was only 44 years old. The entire NBA family is

  • Sooners miss chance to make a statement with loss to Kansas

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 08:03 PM

    On a day when the college basketball world was watching and Lloyd Noble Center was buzzing, the Sooners had an opportunity to not only stake a claim to the Big 12 title but also make a statement about its place in the hoops hierarchy. Win and avenge that triple-overtime loss at Kansas, and OU would surely be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and would likely have an inside track to the overall No. 1 seed.

  • Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant set to start in the All-Star game together for the first time

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 09:45 PM

    In 2016, fans selected All-Star starters directly through social media, allowing some strategic planning by the candidates. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook stayed out of that. But the digital voice of the masses spoke up for them.

  • Cowboys end losing skid with 58-55 win over Kansas State

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 05:38 PM

    The Cowboys started fast in overtime, getting a corner 3-pointer from Tavarius Shine, then clamped down on defense, holding the Wildcats without a point for nearly four minutes and then holding on for the win.

  • Choctaw wins first dual state wrestling title since 1997 with upset of Sand Springs

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:07 PM

    Doubters were still thick when the Yellowjackets took the mat against favored Sand Springs at Firelake Arena on Saturday evening.

  • Oregon St California Basketball

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    California's Tyrone Wallace (3) shoots between Oregon State's Gary Payton II, left, and Drew Eubanks (12) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Berkeley, Calif.

  • Jackson, Vasturia lead Notre Dame to 71-66 upset of No. 13 Louisville

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Demetrius Jackson received a standing ovation from Pat Connaughton on Saturday at the Joyce Center. The former, a Notre Dame junior, had just made the second of his six 3-pointers during a 71-66 upset victory over No. 13 Louisville. Jackson then found the latter, a former teammate who is now a shooting guard with the Trail Blazers, at his courtside seat waving a white rally towel. The two exchanged three-finger salutes and the Irish were on their way to their third consecutive meaningful victory, a streak that began a week after they erased a 15-point halftime deficit and held off then-No. 2 North Carolina here. A victory at Clemson was sandwiched in between.

  • Arizona Stanford Basketball

    Updated: 6 hr ago

    Stanford guard Briana Roberson (10) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in Stanford, Calif.

  • Borowiecki leaves game with facial laceration

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Mark Borowiecki has left the Ottawa Senators' game at Columbus with a facial cut that left a pool of blood on the ice. The team says Borowiecki has an upper-body injury and he will not return to the game Saturday night. Borowiecki's feet and stick got tangled with those of Columbus' Brandon Saad while the two battled for possession near the boards by Ottawa's goal. After Saad took possession, Borowiecki's momentum caused him to lose his balance and careen face first into the board. After slamming to a stop, Borowiecki lied motionless for roughly two minutes. Once trainers tended to him, the defenseman skated off under his own power while holding a towel across his face.

  • OU Basketball: Sooners miss chance to make a statement with loss to Kansas

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    On a day when the college basketball world was watching and Lloyd Noble Center was buzzing, the Sooners had an opportunity to not only stake a claim to the Big 12 title but also make a statement about its place in the hoops hierarchy. Win and avenge that triple-overtime loss at Kansas, and OU would surely be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and would likely have an inside track to the overall No. 1 seed.

  • Mickelson takes the lead at Pebble Beach

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Far away from the commotion of the celebrities Saturday at Pebble Beach, the most accomplished star among golfers quietly went about his business. That won't be the case for Phil Mickelson on Sunday. Mickelson efficiently pieced together a 6-under 66 in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, though it only looked easy on the card. He made birdie on all but one of the par 3s, scrambled for par on half of his holes and wound up with his first 54-hole lead since the 2013 U.S. Open. The spotlight will be all his in the final round. It's a chance to end the longest victory drought of his career — 52 events worldwide since he last won at Muirfield in the 2013 British Open.

  • Oklahoma football: How Chip Viney's personality and enthusiasm made him vital to the program

    By Jason Kersey Staff Writer jkersey@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Viney's opportunity and comfortable transition at Oklahoma came through a fortuitous series of connections with Sooner coaches.

  • Oklahoma football: What they're saying about Chip Viney

    By Jason Kersey | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Oklahoma special teams quality control coach Courtney “Chip” Viney is considered by many to be a rising star in the coaching world.

  • Texas Corpus Christi Stephen F Austin Baskeball

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    Stephen F. Austin State's Thomas Walkup (0) drives the baseline with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Brandon Pye, left, and Kelani Currie defending during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Nacogdoches, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.

  • Jones, Fisher-Davis lead Vanderbilt past Auburn, 86-57

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Damian Jones helped stake Vanderbilt to a double-digit first half lead and finished with 17 points and nine rebounds in the Commodores' 86-57 rout of Auburn on Saturday. Matthew Fisher-Davis added 16 points for Vandy (15-10, 6-5 Southeastern Conference), which turned the game into a blowout with a scorching second half. Jones, who had 15 points by halftime, made 8 of 12 shots and only played seven minutes in the second half. Fisher Davis hit four 3-pointers while Nolan Cressler scored 11 points and made 5 of 6 shots. The short-handed Tigers (9-15, 3-9) lost their seventh straight game. Leading scorer Kareem Canty, who had been suspended indefinitely, announced Thursday night that he was leaving sch

  • Moore has 17 points, UTEP holds off FAU 89-82

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Lee Moore had 17 points to lead six UTEP players in double figures as the Miners held on to beat Florida Atlantic 89-82 on Saturday. Omega Harris and Earvin Morris had 14 apiece, Dominic Artis and Hooper Vint added 13 each and Terry Winn chipped in 11 for UTEP (15-11, 7-6 Conference USA). The Miners, who have won four straight after dropping three in a row, won their second road game of the season. UTEP jumped out to an early lead, rolled to a 47-34 halftime lead and was up 84-70 with 4:34 left. FAU's Jeantal Cylla, who finished with 16 points, drilled a trey to start a 12-1 run and close to 85-82 with 2:32 left. The Miners made four free throws down the stretch to secure the win. A

  • Kansas State's road woes continue in 58-55 loss to Oklahoma State

    Updated: 7 hr ago

    When will Kansas State win its next Big 12 road game? It’s a question worth pondering, more so after the Wildcats lost their 13th consecutive conference road game Saturday, falling 58-55 in overtime to Oklahoma State. The result left coach Bruce Weber searching for answers and blaming players when none came to mind. He wants to see more heart, more desire, more anything. “It’s got to come from inside,” Weber said. “I don’t want to kill them, but at the same time we have tried to be very patient with them. They have got to step it up.” His frustration is understandable. This loss extended a Big 12 road losing streak that began more than a year ago and has no obvious end in sight.

  • NCAA basketball: Tickets remain available for tournament games in Oklahoma City

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Even after Oklahoma’s 76-72 loss to Kansas, the Sooners remain all but a lock to be placed in Oklahoma City for preliminary-round games. That will drive the demand for tickets.

  • OU Basketball: How a 4-point play could end Jordan Woodard's slump

    By Jenni Carlson Columnist jcarlson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 7 hr ago

    THREE QUESTIONS WITH JORDAN WOODARD Oklahoma guard Jordan Woodard is in a shooting slump. Though he was 3 of 12 Saturday in a 76-72 loss to Kansas, he hit a three-pointer, got fouled and converted a four-point play late in the game. That, he said later, was a huge confidence boost. After such a great game at Kansas and with all the hype surrounding the rematch, was it difficult for the team to get into a shooting rhythm early? Yeah, we missed a lot of shots that we normally make. It was hard to come from behind. But being at home, that was able to get us back in the game. But yeah, we just missed a lot of shots in the first half. Even with that rough start, you only find yourselves down five points at half.

  • Oklahoma basketball: Isaiah Cousins continues fueling Sooners but can't get last shot to fall

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 7 hr ago

    Cousins’ final shot hit off the backboard and then the front of the rim before Jamari Traylor snagged the rebound, was fouled and hit one of two free throws on the other end to give the Jayhawks a 76-72 win at Lloyd Noble Center.

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball: Cowgirls use defense to smother West Virginia in 63-51 win

    AP | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Kaylee Jensen scored 18 points and No. 20 Oklahoma State used its defense to set the tone early for a 63-51 win over No. 24 West Virginia on Saturday night.

  • OU basketball: Taking a look at the Big 12 title race

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 7 hr ago

    With Kansas’ 76-72 win over Oklahoam on Saturday, the Sooners are in a precarious position in the Big 12 race, needing a road sweep this week — including Saturday at West Virginia — to keep from falling out of touch with the league’s leaders.

  • OKC Thunder shouldn't try to trade its way to a title

    By Berry Tramel Columnist btramel@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    The Thunder reaches the All-Star break on a 61-win pace. Similar to its other elite squads. A 64-win pace in 2012 (adjusted for the lockout), a 60-win pace in 2013, a 64-win pace in 2014. But those other seasons were buoyed by optimism. This season carries the opposite. 2016 is laboring under a sense of dread, courtesy of Golden State's historic excellence. Overcoming the Warriors seems unlikely. Which leads to rampant speculation about the approaching trade deadline. Should the Thunder make a deal? Could a trade somehow span the mighty gulf between the team on the prairie and the team by the Bay? The answer is no. The Thunder cannot trade itself into Golden State territory. The Thunder has to work its way there. The

  • Oklahoma State football: Barry J. Sanders embraces legacy in decision to become a Cowboy

    By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer kfredrickson@oklahoman.com | Updated: 8 hr ago

    Barry J. Sanders already shares the name of arguably the greatest running back in college football history, so as a high school senior, the thought of escaping his famous father’s shadow and establishing his own identity at Oklahoma State seemed all but impossible.

  • Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys get a boost from Markel Brown

    By John Helsley Staff Writer jhelsley@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Feb 13, 2016

    Brown, now with the Brooklyn Nets, may have provided the Cowboys with a boost, too, sitting in on Travis Ford’s pregame speech to his team.